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Norwegian North Pole team talking to ExWeb from the high Canadian Arctic

Posted: Mar 07, 2014 03:34 pm EST


(By Correne Coetzer, updated Mar 08 02:32 am EST) Lars Mangerud Flesland (25) and Kristoffer Glestad (24) will be the youngest team to ski the North Pole if successful, and Kristoffer the youngest to do it unassisted (no resupplies). Currently Canadian Tessum Weber is the youngest to ski a full route to the North Pole. He did it assisted at age 20 with his father, Richard, and an international team. 


Both Lars and Kristoffer served in the Norwegian Army and are currently enrolled in a five year Master of Science program at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, where they are studying Mechanical Engineering. The two friends have the same dream and goal, to ski to the Geographic North Pole. 


ExplorersWeb caught up with the team three days ago while practicing and preparing in Iqaluit, Baffin Island. In the mean time they have flown to Resolute Bay and yesterday have weighed in their sleds at Kenn Borek Air, ready to get a flight to their start point at Cape Discovery as soon as the Twin Otter returns from dropping the first group and the weather permits flying.


ExWeb wants to know from them what attracts them to take on this challenge to the North Pole. Lars answers, "First of all the incredible beautiful and extreme environment. Also, a North Pole expedition has been a dream for the both of us since we were children.”


During their preparation the two men did it 'the Norwegian way’, ExWeb was told, that is, 'asking everybody for advice'.  We want to know from them which Norwegian Polar explorers they asked for advice and what were their top tips.


"So many, and they have all been really nice to us and helped us out a lot. Kjetil Holen. Lars Ebbesen. Petter Nyquist. Rune Midtgaard. Mads Agerup. John Huston (US). Rune Gjeldnes. Børge Ousland.” Update: The team added: "Sjur Mørdre has also helped us out a lot!"


And the top tips: "Keep things dry. Have fun out there!"


About their menu, Lars tells they will have Møllerens Outmeal Apple and Cinnamon for breakfast. "It's really good! Real Turmat Freeze dried food for dinner. For lunch we snack: nuts, chocolate, coconut fat, energy bars and some pepperoni sausage. We also add oil to our breakfast and dinner."


What brand clothes do they wear?

"Norrøna and Brynje for the most part. We are proud that these brands are Norwegian, they deliver such amazing clothes. We only bring one pair of (almost) everything, because the quality is so good.”


Pulks: Acapulka.


Skis and skins: Åsnes Amundsen. Short skins. 


Ski poles: Swix expedition


Boots: Alfa Mødre Pro.


Snow shoes: No snow shoes


Drysuite: Helly Hansen


Sleeping bags: Mammut Ajungilak Denali + Western Mountaineering thin outer bag + custom fleece bag (Kristoffer's mother made them).


The Arctic ice is unpredictable; what would their strategy be, ExWeb asks. "Not to stress,” says Lars, "but do everything efficiently and to focus on pushing forward. 5 minutes extra each break becomes a lot after 40-50 days." 


"Also, to take care of each other and to respect the extreme environment of Arctic Ocean   However, the only thing that is a certainty out there is that something unpredictable is going to happen. Well, just have to deal with things as we go along."


Anything else? "We would like to thank our main sponsors: Subaru, Powel and Multiconsult. Without the help from them, this dream would not be possible!"



A Geographic North Pole expedition covers the full distance between land and the Pole.

The Cape Discovery route (Canada) to the Geographic North Pole is 780 km in a straight line and without the negative drift. 

Ward Hunt Island (Canada) start point calculates at 775 km.


Geographic North Pole is at 90ºN

1996 position of the Magnetic North Pole: 

78° 35'42.00"N, 104° 11’54.00”W 

Resolute Bay: 74° 41.808N, 094° 49.402W


Follow the teams' blogs (those with RSS feeds) in the live News Stream at Explorersweb.





Baptized by fire: ExWeb interview with NP skier Tessum Weber, 20


North Pole 2014: first skiers flying to their start point


Dmitry Shparo's Top 5 North Pole Tips


Irish North Pole team checking in at ExWeb from Resolute Bay


The cost of Arctic travel: Jerry Kobalenko talks to ExWeb


Yasunaga Ogita talking to ExWeb from the high Canadian Arctic


North Pole 2014 full route ski expedition list


ExWeb interview with Ryan Waters, "an unwritten and unexplainable mental edge”


ExWeb interview with Eric Larsen, "a mix of poetry and hell to the North Pole”


ExWeb interview with Bernice Notenboom, the Arctic and the world’s climate




Ray Zahab and team Baffin Island run 2014


Vincent Cochin to sledge-haul 2300km Canada to Greenland



Teams starting from Cape Discovery, Ellesmere Island to the Geographic North Pole (90ºN)


Unassisted, Unsupported:


Yasu Ogita, Japan, solo




North Pole solo website

North Polo solo Facebook



Team Eric Larsen and Ryan Waters:


Eric Larsen, USA






Ryan Waters, USA



Mountain Professionals

Mountain Professionals Facebook


Team Kristoffer Glestad (24), Norway and 

Lars Mangerud Flesland (25), Norway




Assisted, Unsupported:


Irish team Clare O'Leary and Mike O’Shea





Mike O’Shea Twitter

Clare O’Leary Twitter



Starting from Geographic North Pole (90N) to Canada

Assisted, Unsupported


'Arctic March' team:

Eric Philips, Australia

Bernice Notenboom, The Netherlands / Canada

Martin Hartley, UK




1996 Magnetic North Pole

Matt Stowers and Kev O’Brien



Matt Stowers Twitter

Northern Exposure live tracker 



Canada to Greenland (Kugaaruk and Qaanaaq) 

Vincent Cochin

Blog (personal)

Blog (Nanook expedition)





Follow blog posts in the live News Stream on ExplorersWeb.


Weather links:


Canadian Ice Service


The Arctic Weather products link on the Canadian Ice Service IPY Legacy page


Two-day sea ice drifts for the whole Arctic Ocean on the Danish DMI website


ENVISAT ASAR images on the Polarview website


Canada Weather Office satellite image


NOAA Earth System Research Laboratory


University of Illinois cryosphere images


Wayne Davidson’s Extremely High Horizon Refraction


Wayne Davidson’s EH2R blog 



#polar #northpole2014 #KristofferGlestad #LarsFlesland






Top Norwegian North Pole tips: "Keep things dry. Have fun out there!" Image: Kristoffer Glestad and Lars Mangerud Flesland practicing at Iqaluit.
courtesy Lars Mangerud Flesland, SOURCE
Their clothes: "Norrøna and Brynje for the most part. We are proud that these brands are Norwegian, they deliver such amazing clothes. We only bring one pair of (almost) everything, because the quality is so good.”
Lars Flesland about their strategy: "Not to stress but do everything efficiently and to focus on pushing forward. 5 minutes extra each break becomes a lot after 40-50 days."
courtesy Lars Mangerud Flesland, SOURCE
"Keep things dry. Have fun out there!" Image: The Norwegian team bringing their sleds into the hanger for weighing (click to enlarge).
courtesy Eric Larsen, SOURCE
Cape Discovery route to the Geographic North Pole.
courtesy Arctic Ice Drift Maps 2013 : Image from http://www.arctic.noaa.gov / Mike O Shea and Clare O Leary, SOURCE